Combining two open minds like Georgia Anne Muldrow and Madlib will also provide fruitful offerings – it makes sense then that their new collaborative album Seeds is filled with sonically satisfying beats. Representing the left-mindedness of both producer and chanteuse, the long player is a dope insight into experiential Soul.

Georgia Anne’s harmonies and poignant lyrics strengthen what Madlib has laid down for her. If like us you doted over New Amerykah, Part 1: 4th World War, chances are – you’ll also dig this.

Seeds is due out March 27th.

Funk futurist Kindness has offered a full stream of his new album World, You Need a Change of Mind (March 19th). After dropping a couple gems (‘Gee Up’, ‘SEOD’) over the past few months, he manages to successfully back his palpable buzz with an excellent debut long player. Wonderfully combining low-fi ambiance, with raw unadulterated Funk – it’s gritty and rhythmic in all the right places.

Off the Wall motivated Disco and James Blake style vocals can be heard scattered throughout, while the guitar licks of tracks like ‘Gee Wiz’ will happily appease most Prince & D’Angelo fans.

It’s not easy finding music that genuinely sounds original – but this does. Stream the album in full after the jump…

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They’re fusing Indie-Pop with Soultronica with a sound akin to Santigold and Sonnymoon but San Fransisco hailing band The Seshen have offered an insightful look into their own direction with this, their new self-titled debut album. We first featured these guys back in November ’11, when they released their single ‘Oblivion’ – it’s exciting to see from that how they’ve shaped their full long player…

Musically rich, their album is brimming with elaborate arrangements – they interestingly combine arpeggiated chords with deep subs and dominant drum patterns. They also incorporate an ethereal Pop aesthetic – in parts (see: ‘Time War’) reminiscent of Ladyhawke. On vocals Akasha Orr provides a strong performance, displaying an emotional investment, gelling everything together.

It’s intelligible why The Seshen cite Little Dragon, Erykah Badu & J.Dilla as some of their influences – it’s all in there, just molded differently.

Listen and download ($5) below…

RBMA have just released their annual Various Assets – Not for Sale collection, comprised of 35 songs “composed, improvised and discovered by the 60 international participants and ten studio team members” of last years academy. Featuring brand new music from the likes of Full Crate, Jesse Boykins, Mark Pritchard, Om Unit and a slew of untapped others – this should keep your ears occupied for a while.

Listen and download (for free) below…

Ahead of it’s February 27th release, Brownswood recording artist/producer Gang Colours has offered a full stream of his debut album The Keychain Collection. A clear by-product of the post-Blake, info-age generation – his inaugural long player is suffused with warm, well assembled productions. And while his influences can be traced, he very much remains operational in his own sphere here.

Melancholic by nature, his songs have a refined beauty about them – frequently incorporating sombre piano nocturnes (can’t imagine the sheet music for Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’ was left included in the album art for no reason) with dreamy low-ends and glitchy embellishments, all with a subtle Garage, Alt-R&B slow jam edge. The Keychain Collection could well be the fitting surrogate for those unmoved by James Blake’s Mercury Prize nominated debut album. It has to it a distinguishable ‘swing’ (attributed most likely to his rhythm and blues and UKG appreciation) that gives a more thermal experience in contrast to it’s aforementioned influencer. Oh & of course there’s a load of well proportioned bass to keep things extra toasty.

The Keychain Collection is out tomorrow – buy it.

As spring attempts to make a comeback, our imagination can afford to be stretched to the warm climates of Cali via singer / songwriter 1-O.A.K. He impressed us last year with various offerings but solidified his swag’dom when he dropped ‘Rewind’ – a ode perfectly suited for sunny days of lazy haziness. After an extended period of waiting, he offers up a debut album entitled Special Request – for free.

Brimming with colourful productions, the long player is filled with feel-good, electronically infused, Soul, Funk & R&B carried by throwback melodies courtesy of the Oakland native. A lot to like here…

Download: 1-O.A.K – Special Request

Not an official release per-say, but a good enough one for James Blake devotees to get a little excited about. Hot off the heels of his (controversial) remix of D’Angelo’s ‘Left & Right’, here goes a free live album released via fan site featuring music from across his discography. Listen & download below…

Download: James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream” (Live)

Before the recent influx of Toronto based artists, producers and rappers like Drake & The Weeknd rose to prominence, before we even knew T.Dot would be the influential hub it’s become, Slakah the Beatchild was repping that city hard.

Taking a back seat from the distinct nu-Soul movement of the noughties, that he helped push, the producer is back with a slightly different angle. Curating and forming the side project The Slakadeliqs (Slakah’s alter ego). He says the free album “is the result of four years writing, experimenting and exploring different groups of musical influences than most would expect.”

Incorporating 60’s Beatles claps and melodic guitar riffs, a doo wop rhythm and featuring artists such as Sandie Black it’s a real mixed bag, but definitely one full of good vibrations a la Raphaal Saadiq circa 2011.

Joe Goddard is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

After last year’s solo smash Gabriel EP, the Hot Chip producer is back with his collaborative efforts with Raf Rundell, preferably known as The 2 Bears. Following on from the success of their popular Ministry of Sound radio show ‘Follow The Bears’ and acquiring a taste for merging 2-Step, UK Garage, Bass and Hip Hop, the duo come forth with their debut LP…

The album, just like the title track, spans from dubbed shuffle beats, with hands-in-the-air bubbling synths to paying tribute to the original Garage material of the 90’s – but with an internet generation twist. Full on party party disco disco music here.

Check the lead track below and stream the album here.

Be Strong is out 30th January on Southern Fried Records.

Might be one of the least satisfactory examples of an ‘album sampler’ I’ve heard recently. At only 20-25 secs of snippetry per track – completely irrelevant for an online gen that gets full previews streamed in abundance.

But anyway, despite gaining brief insight, we’re still of course admirers of the 2012 Brits Critics Choice winning songwriter/voice, and curious for the full length out Feb 13th.

So far sounding like a collection of big, sophisticated, studio power pop that has alot of crossover appeal to mature markets; the orchestral breakbeat edge and killer hooks of ‘Heaven’ and ‘Daddy’ worked nicely for us last year, fingers crossed there’s a few more moments like that.

Watch our previous episode of Rehearsal Rooms live at Red Bull Studios with the enigmatic pipes possessor. And feel free to pre-order Our Version of Events here.

Shouts Coxhead

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